In the state of Texas, theft covers a broad spectrum of offenses. On a large scale, it includes the acquisition of another’s property without that person’s consent. However, the charge you may receive varies greatly depending on your specific offense. Here at R. Todd Bennett, P.C., we understand the intricacies of the state’s thievery laws, and we want to help you receive a fair trial and avoid unnecessary consequences.
The courts may charge you for theft of more than just physical property. This crime also involves credit card theft or fraud, as well as writing fraudulent checks. Forgery is also part of the state’s theft laws. You could be liable if you possess or receive stolen property, regardless of whether you personally took it from its rightful owner in the first place.
A misdemeanor conviction for theft may have serious consequences. It would show up on a background check, and potential employers may be hesitant to offer you a job as a result. Even beyond a misdemeanor, certain actions could cause the charge to become more severe. If an accuser alleges that you used force, or that you attempted to burglarize a home, law enforcement may charge you with a felony. A felony burglary conviction could carry a punishment of 20 years in prison. Additionally, if you are convicted of aggravated assault, you could spend the rest of your life behind bars. Regardless of the specific type, a felony conviction on your record will likely affect you negatively for the rest of your life as you seek employment and housing. More information about thievery laws is available on our web page.